Superhero movies have become an integral part of modern pop culture nowadays. We’ve come a long way since the times when superhero stories were largely limited to comic books. Over time, the quality and also sheer quantity of superhero movies have kept increasing. Today, the comic book giants, DC and Marvel are spewing out superhero movies faster than ever, and the audience keep lapping them up. Because, let’s face it, we just love them.
In this article, we count down the 20 best superhero movies of all time. Of course, there will be a few inclusions and exclusions that you may not agree with. Feel free to comment your critique, opinions and suggestions in the comments section below! You can also choose to submit your own list articles here.
20. The Amazing Spiderman
Prequel stories have become a very common thing for many of the more popular superhero franchises. And this prequel story was one that did not disappoint. Andrew Garfield nailed it as both Peter Parker and Spiderman. It was overall a very solid movie that stayed true to the original storylines.
The original Batman movie was a superhit back in the day! It might seem a bit dated today. But putting Batman and the Joker together is always a recipe for success. The best part of the movie was probably Jack Nicholson’s joker, which stayed true to the genuine comic book character. The storyline was rather loose in parts, and that’s what’s keeping it from being even higher on our list.
18. The Incredibles
Enough of DC and Marvel, time for a Pixar movie. Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be. The Incredibles was definitely a superhero movie. And it was brilliant, like most things Pixar dishes out. It will remain the only animated movie on our list, though.
The first movie of the long and wonderful X-Men franchise! X-Men have arguably been the jewel in the Marvel crown, be it the comics, the animated series or the movies. And the first instalment in the movie franchise started things off with a bang. And yes, we instantly fell in love with Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman as Professor Xavier, Magneto and Wolverine respectively.
16. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This movie was surprisingly good. I say ‘surprisingly’ because the first Captain America movie was an absolute travesty. The Winter Soldier was significantly better, though. The pairing of Captain America and Black Widow worked really well. The movie was in many ways, signature Marvel, and definitely worth the watch.
15. Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2 was intense, fast-paced and entertaining, and we loved it. It was everything you’d expect from a superhero movie, including some of the more clichéd aspects. But Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man did manage to save the girl, and not just once! Doc Oc gave him a real run for his money though, and it was one hell of a ride.
Marvel are real crowd pleasers. And with Avengers, they sure did please the crowd. It was an all-star team up, the likes of which we had not seen before. The Hulk and Iron Man kind of stole the show, though.
An alien army invading Earth trying to enslave humanity – of course we’ve seen that before. But we weren’t complaining. The movie was nothing, if not entertaining. The plot might have been a little thin, but Hulk smashing a God around like a wet towel was worth the watch.
13. X2: X-Men United
The second instalment of the X-Man franchise! It not only, lived up to the first one, but actually improved upon it. Back in 2003, it would’ve been unthinkable that this movie would not have even been in the top 10 of such a list, which just goes to show how much the genre has improved and matured over the last decade or so. X-Men United had us hooked from the beginning, with its intense and suspense-filled storyline. It saw the tensions between mutants and the general populace grow to new heights. And we just loved seeing the X-Men team up with Magneto.
12. Man Of Steel
Man Of Steel was just a visual feast. It was action-packed, and it was incessant. The origins story was really well done. And very importantly, it stayed true to the comic storylines. But once that was out of the way, it was just a demolition derby. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. In the end, the world’s strongest man did save mankind from the aliens – and in the process, probably destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars of public property. But apparently when it comes to Superman, that doesn’t really matter.
11. Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr was an instant phenomenon as the eccentric billionaire engineer Tony Stark, and of course, Iron Man. He was aided by a very competent script, and some outstanding CGI work. There’s something about these origin stories. And Iron Man’s was compelling and brilliant.